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Wed. Jun. 13th, 2018

Sun Amok: Summer’s fun and all, but it’s not your friend

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’m not sure why you all like summer so much. Because I’m pretty sure summer doesn’t like you. At least, not as much as you think it does. Especially the Sun. That big blazing ball of brightness ...

Mon. Jun. 4th, 2018

List Connections

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Erik Christenson

putting the stress in summertime fun

Mon. May. 21st, 2018

A Sporty Retorty

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’ve never gotten along with sports, and perhaps I never will

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

A Span Down by the River

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

navigating some of Eau Claire’s very best bridges

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

It’s a Yard Knock Life

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

as spring arrives, frozen shame begins to thaw

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

Dry and Mighty: What happens when the good things break?

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The YouTube videos failed me. I watched so many, followed all the helpful instructions, and tried all the hot tips. With a screwdriver in one hand and my smartphone in the other, I clawed and crawled well beyond my comfort zone ...

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

Childhood Memories Across Thin Ice

Mike Paulus

March is usually the time of year we stop complaining about the snow and cold so we can free up more time to complain about how dirty the snow has gotten and how wet the cold air is feeling. It’s a time-honored ...

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Surface Tension

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

As soon as he drilled the holes something felt wrong. When we shuffled between them, water would blurble up through the openings and spread out over the ice, forming deep puddles ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

I Hate My Stupid Whatever

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, try constantly complaining

Tue. Feb. 6th, 2018

The Best of Me (2018)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a doozie

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Build Funky Little Stories With Toca Life Apps

Mike Paulus

I’m pretty sure my kids have been playing Toca Boca apps almost as long as we’ve had a tablet in the house. The company seems to kick out hundreds of different little games each year – fun, smart, and endlessly ...

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018

Blinking at the Dashboard

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

it’s cold outside and that makes all the difference

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017

When Push Comes to Shovel

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

this winter, I bid adieu to my favorite inanimate friend

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

Snowing Is Half the Battle

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

living with the threat of a crusty Brown Christmas

Tue. Nov. 28th, 2017

An A Christmas Story Story

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

don't shoot your eye out with this holiday classic

Thu. Nov. 16th, 2017

Dark Fields

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

when we used to shine a beam into the night

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Booked on a Feeling

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

an ode to local libraries and the people who love them

Mon. Oct. 23rd, 2017

Fearful Thinking

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

a small collection of scary thoughts

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017

Store Is Hell

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

lessons learned from grocery adventures

Wed. Oct. 4th, 2017

Shanghai: The Return

Mike Paulus, photos by Thresa Zvolena

owner of local favorite Shanghai Bistro wants to reopen

Sat. Sep. 23rd, 2017

Autumn is a Time to Grow Strong

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One October night a few a years ago, after weeks of spooky storybooks and scary Halloween movies, my son asked me if monsters were a real thing. I said, “Well, I’ve never seen one. What do you think?”

Fri. Sep. 22nd, 2017

It's Coming in the Air

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

when everything is about the change

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Turning Leaves & Pages: Autumn-y Writing Prompts

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up a beginning.

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Sod Goals

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

just one more reason autumn makes me happy

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Aug. 25th, 2017

CityLab Profiles Eau Claire

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

City Lab is a big deal. An offshoot of The Atlantic – yes, that Atlantic – the online publication is "committed to telling the story of the world’s cities: how they work, the challenges they face, and the solutions they need." So when they write about Eau Claire, as they did today ...

Wed. Aug. 23rd, 2017

About August

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

a quick look at summer’s final third

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

On the Hook

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

the adventure of fake fishing in a church parking lot

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017

Heat Lightning

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

staring at the horizon all summer long

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Bright Ideas: Fun Writing Prompts for Summer

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up an amazing idea. It’s like a simple game to play: No judgment on how it turns out because it’s just for fun. Check out some prompts below to get the writers in your life scribbling away ...

Tue. Jul. 11th, 2017

Beyond the Rocket

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

let us not forget that other notable slide o’ yore

Wed. Jun. 28th, 2017

Can You Believe It's Magic?

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Sarah Denis

summertime in Wisconsin is a season of many wonders

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

Modicum Brewing Opens July 7

Mike Paulus

Modicum Brewing – a collaboration between brewmaster Eric Rykal (formerly of Lucette Brewing Company in Menomonie and The Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire) and business partner Mike Blodgett – looks set to open on July 7 ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jun. 16th, 2017

Video: The Shouting Matches at Oxbeaux

Mike Paulus

In case you missed it, check out The Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, Jill Heinke Moen, and Brian Moen) opening up their set Thursday night (June 15) at The Oxbow Hotel ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

PHOTOS: Eaux Claires Fans at Peak Eaux Claires

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

We've taken many a photograph over the past two Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festivals, as all kinds of fantastic people converge upon the Chippewa Valley from around the world. Enjoy a handful of music fans who seem extra-at-home at Eaux Claires.

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Shrub Me the Wrong Way

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

What can one do when confronted with offensive hedgery?

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

Sweet Inspiration

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor opens in downtown Eau Claire